Whether it’s a lavish affair with lobsters, strawberries and wine, or a simple cucumber sandwich and lemonade, June is the perfect month for a jolly good picnic.
The grass is green, the flowers are in full bloom and the sky is blue (if you’re lucky). So where’s the best place to head for your al fresco adventure? We’ve put together our selection of top picnic spots in North Cornwall.
Trenance Cottages and boating lake, Trenance Lane.
With a delightful boating lake, an abundance of landscaping featuring stunning flowers and meandering paths, Trenance Park is a must visit for a relaxed and laid back picnic.
Take a gentle row around the lake, feed the ducks or take a stroll before sitting amongst the flower borders for your well-earned food. It’s not just natures' beauty that’s in abundance here, you can also learn about Newquay’s history within the three historic cottages that abut the park. The cottages play host to a small, but perfectly formed, free museum which details the history of the families who lived in the cottages. One of its former residents even celebrated her 100th birthday there.
It’s a fantastic place for the young and old alike and allows an afternoon of simple pleasures. Other highlights include a café, toilets and the abundance of parking, both on street and in a long-stay facility just 5 minutes walk from the park by the nearby Newquay Zoo.
Trerice Manor, Kestle Mill.
It would only seem right that you pack some kind of banquet for your picnic at Trerice on the outskirts of Newquay. This fantastic manor, owned by the National Trust, is another great spot for a picnic. As well as the Elizabethan Manor itself with its tours, period games and sumptuous decor, the small but varied gardens of Trerice offer fruit trees, formal gardens and picnic tables.
You can also treat yourself to those hard to pack items like a good cup of coffee and a cream tea in its barn tea room. After lunch you can try your hand at quoits, find the middle of the lawn maze or browse the bookshop.
With numerous trails and activities, including yoga and theatre performances, Trerice is a small house with a lot to offer.
Porth Reservoir, Porth.
If you want to get back to nature why not take your picnic lunch to Porth Reservoir. Over 40 acres of unspoilt beauty can be found on the edge of the small hamlet of Colan, which also has a beautiful church to explore.
Accessible and great for the whole family, there’s enough to keep everyone busy. Kids can roam the nature trails and winding paths, and amongst the peace and calm you can also spot wildlife as it’s a designated bird sanctuary.
There is also a cycle path that runs through the site, so hire some bikes and work up an appetite. As if that wasn’t enough, if you’re keen on fishing the area is renowned for its angling.
Managed by South West Lakes Trust, you can find skimmers, perch and roach and some real monsters perfect for a bit of friendly competition.
By the end of all that you’ll be ready for that picnic.
Aircraft Museum, Newquay.
If you need a little more from your destination than just pleasant views, why not combine your picnic with a visit to the Aviation Centre in Newquay. There’s the space to have a picnic amongst the awe-inspiring aircraft of yesteryear including a Hawker Harrier jet which you can sit inside (but not with your picnic!)
You can stroll through the aircraft shelter and have your picture taken inside numerous classic planes. The experience team is on hand to chat to visitors about the history and roles of the fleet of aircraft on display.
As the museum is right next door to RAF St Mawgan and Newquay Airport it’s an ideal viewing platform for watching aircraft arrivals and departures. Throw in a 50s American style café (for the picnic bits you forgot) and a well stocked gift shop and you’re in aviation heaven.
Lappa Valley, St Newlyn East.
Sometimes the best picnics are the quiet bit in the middle of a whirling flurry of fun. If you’ve come on holiday with the little ones, then a trip to Lappa Valley Steam Railway should be on the cards.
Open daily from 10am, this is a trip into a hidden woodland world of miniature stream trains, adventure playgrounds, kayaking and crazy golf.
Pack up your picnic and head to the end of the line where there’s a picnic field with play equipment to enjoy, before the little engines return to collect you. Or, find a spot beside the lake for you tea-time treats.
It’s a great day out for the whole family and your little tank engine fans will have a real blast as they let off that holiday steam. The attraction also offers discounted return tickets and fathers go free on Sunday, June 16.
Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth
It wouldn’t be Cornwall if we didn't recommend a beach picnic would it? Pack up your sarnies and some strawberries and cream and head along the coast to Bedruthan Steps.
The wide sandy beach is named after the rocky outcrops which were said to be the stairs of Cornish giant Bedruthan. It’s not an easy beach to access so better for couples than for families, but it is well worth the efforts to get there. It’s also good to remember as much as the beach is perfect for a picnic, it’s not suitable for swimming so make sure all family members stay dry. That being said, the beach frequently comes top in beach polls, including as one of the best star gazing spots in the UK, so pack that night time picnic for a touch of holiday romance and make sure you check it out.’
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